BMW G 310 R

2017 BMW G 310 R road test

The arrival of the BMW G 310 R was delayed more than eight months, but it certainly has been worth the wait. It was scheduled to arrive in Australia in late 2016, but didn’t arrive until recently. BMW Motorrad Australia boss Andreas Lundgren says the reason for the delay was quality control at the Indian factory. The G …

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Harley-Davidson Street Rod - wider choice

Hopes for wider LAMS model choice

Novice riders could soon have a wider choice of motorcycles such as the Street Rod (above) under the Learner-Approved Scheme (LAMS) if Harley-Davidson has its way. The company is planning to put a proposal to Australian governments through the Federal Chamber for Automotive Industries to axe the 660cc engine capacity limit. Instead, it would retain the 150kW …

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Honda CB500F

Honda drops price on CB500F

Honda continues to drop its prices in the wake of an 18.1% drop in sales in the first quarter of 2017 with the latest being the 2017 model CB500F. The learner-approved street fighter has arrived in dealerships at $7299, down $600 on last year’s model. It comes in Millennium Red/Graphite Black and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic. This follows Honda’s …

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Motorcycle Historical first

What should you buy as your first bike?

Selecting your first bike is important as a good experience will lead to a lifetime of joy, while a bad experience may end your two-wheel career. I’m often asked by young people what bike they should buy first up. Thankfully, there is a wide choice now with the Learner-Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS). However, the options …

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Kawasaki Ninja 650L for sporty novices

Kawasaki Ninja 650L for sporty novices

Kawasaki continues to lead the Australian market in learner-approved motorcycles with the launch of the Z650L and the Ninja 650L. We attended the launch of these two bikes last week and raved about the Z650L as a bike for novices, commuters, weekend warriors and returned riders. At $9699 (plus on-road costs) it’s an irresistible naked bike. READ …

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Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki Z650L great for novices

Kawasaki does the new Z650L a disservice by referring to it as a learner motorcycle. This is a bike that will not only suit learners, but also novices, returned riders, commuters, weekend warriors and people who are honestly not all that fussed with tech specs, but just want to ride a fun bike! For just …

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2017 Kawasaki Z650

Kawasaki is leader in learner bikes

Kawasaki is the undisputed leader of learner motorcycles with 13 models from cruiser to adventurers to sports bikes, increasing soon to 15. Motorbike Writer is currently on the way to Sydney to test the new $9699 Z650L (pictured at top) and updated Ninja 650L launch. Both bikes fit into the Learner-Approved Motorcycles Scheme (LAMS) which …

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Street Triple R

Bigger, better Triumph Street Triple

No, you haven’t developed numeric dyslexia, the Triumph 675cc Street Triple is now a 765cc Street Triple although there is still a 660cc learner-approved model available. They will arrive in Australia in March/April with pricing announced in February. We should expect a hike in price, at least for the new-fandangled 765cc models. The new Street Triple …

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2016 BMW G 310 R

BMW reveals G 310 R price buster

The BMW G 310 R arrives in Australia in October/November at a highly competitive price to ignite the 300cc learner range. It will cost just $5790 plus on-road costs which is comparable to the Honda CBR300R ($5749), Benelli BN302 ($5590), Kawasaki Z300 ($5999), KTM 390 Duke ($6095), Royal Enfield Classic 350 ($6490 ride away) and Yamaha MT-03 ($6099).   …

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